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March 2011 E-Newsletter from Visit Pensacola

Break Into Spring

mom daughter pensacola beachWhy spend half of your vacation traveling? The Pensacola Bay Area is closer than you think. Can you feel the cool breeze carried by our emerald waters or feel the waves as they topple over you? Make the trip down to Pensacola this spring break and let the sight of our sparkling shores take your breath away. Whether you want to relax in the shade or bathe in sunlight, there’s lots to love in Pensacola this spring break.

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All Signs Point to Pensacola

pensacola airportGetting here is so easy, but once you do, you won’t want to leave. For driving directions click here

The Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport offers more than 100 flights daily to major cities. For more information, click here

Spring Fever

Do you have spring fever? We have just what you need to feel better. We recommend taking a dip in our clear waters, resting alongside the beach and getting plenty of fresh, island air.

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pensacola fl foursquareThe Pensacola Bay Area is your spring-vacation destination. Visitors will now receive a free Visit Pensacola beach mat when they check into the Visit Pensacola Welcome Center using the foursquare app on their smart phone for the month of March.

Festivals and Deals

  • Beulahfest – March 18-20. Enjoy some of Nashville's hottest country music stars, arts-and-crafts, carnival-style rides and of course, great sausage.
  • Pensacola JazzFest – April 2-3. Pensacola’s historic Seville Square hosts an event filled with great jazz performed by local and national talents.
  • 27th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival – April 29-May 1. Held along the waterfront downtown, indulge at one of the largest crawfish boils in Florida.

Explore the Outdoors

surfers pensacola beachAre you feeling adventurous? Surf Perdido Key at sunset or take a dolphin tour from Santa Rosa Sound. Commune with nature – discover Blackwater River State Park, where you can kayak by day and camp by night. Don’t hesitate to dive right in – go snorkeling at the USS Oriskany, the world’s largest artificial reef.

oar house pensacola flEat Lots of Seafood

For the perfect spring break experience, be sure to eat at the Oar House on scenic Bayou Chico, overlooking Bahia Mar Marina. They offer two full-service bars, one tiki-style bar, a dog-friendly deck, daily specials and a beach volleyball court. Their menu features shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, fish and steak filets.

Other popular seafood joints in the area include Fish House, Atlas Oyster House, Flounder’s Chowder House, Crabs, Wintzell’s Oyster House and The Grand Marlin.

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What's New on Pensacola Beach

margaritaville pensacola beachExperience the 'barefoot elegance' of the brand new Margaritaville Beach Hotel. This island-themed retreat was inspired by Jimmy Buffett and designed with the perfect balance between coastal style and current technology. This beautiful beachfront hotel is ideal for tour groups.


margaritaville pensacola beachCome enjoy the new Holiday Inn Resort which opened Feb. 25 and stay merely footprints away from the island’s restaurants, specialty shops and family attractions. Amenities include a cascading waterfall, lazy river pool, game room, kid activities and suites.